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Anxiety in Baseball: Modern Techniques Can Ease the Burden

By Jordan Bratt On March - 18 - 2010

It has forced Zack Greinke and Joey Votto off the field.

It is currently jeopardizing the careers of Dontrell Willis and Khalil Green.

Anxiety disorders can become such an overbearing burden on the gladiators we idolize that it leads them to hate the game they once loved.  Professional athletes have always had to cope with being in the spotlight, but in our modern information age there is far more coverage and invasion than ever before.

Physical training is commonplace in the daily routine of finely tuned athletes, but often these young and famous millionaires lack the mental preparation necessary to be in the position they are in.  Some individuals are able to block out the numerous distracters and perform at peak levels on and off the field, but many others find that to be a more difficult task. Social anxieties have been around as long as the game, except now the distractions are compounded by internet and television coverage.

In a March 12, 1984 , Sports Illustrated article on the Kansas City Royals, Willie Wilson reflects on his succes...

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